Well, regular season Jets hockey is back, and that was quite a way to kick it off. A 5-1 win over the St. Louis Blues has opened up the 2018-19 season for the Jets, and before I dive into this a bit more, let’s talk about what this little post is about. Typically, people want to immediately point out the good and the bad as soon as a game is over.
That is exactly what I’m trying to do here.
The Yays or Nays will be a postgame feature (either posted the night of, or the morning after) that will take a somewhat brief look at what went well during the game, and stuff that maybe didn’t go to plan.
Also, hello there! This is my first writing appearance here. You might have heard of me when I made a guest appearance on the JetsCentric Podcast (check out Ep. 6 to hear my dulcet tones if you haven’t already), and I’m also really active in Jets Twitter, so you might have seen me around there (shameless follow plug: @YWGBrian).
Now, enough about me. Back to tonight’s game. Let’s get to it. Feel free to add in any of your own personal Yays or Nays in the comments or on Twitter.
Yay – Laine is still Laine. Our no-longer bearded Finn notched his first goal of the season on the PP.
Yay – Speaking of Finns, Kristian Vesalainen recorded his first NHL point when he grabbed the secondary assist on Brandon Tanev’s third period tally
Yay – Connor Hellebuyck looked solid as he turned aside 41 of 42 shots, making some ridiculous saves in the process.
Yay – The Jets striking quick really helped put this game out of reach. In the third, the Jets fired home 4 goals in just under six minutes.
Nay – That 3rd pairing of Morrow and Myers is one big Nay. I felt somewhat uncomfortable whenever they stepped on the ice. I feel like our pal John Malloy captures it well in this tweet:
Morrow/Myers more like Sorrow/Whyers.
— John Malloy (@JMall95) October 5, 2018
Nay – The defensive-zone was a fire drill for a lot of the night, which obviously got worse once penalties came into play.
Nay – The penalty kill was absolute chaos, I know it’s early, but you can’t expect Hellebuyck to be able to constantly make those insane saves to salvage the PK.
Nay – Once again, I know it’s early, but I would have liked to see Vesalainen for more than 8:12. I will admit that I wasn’t too impressed with the whole of the line (I’m looking at you, Mr. Ehlers), but I’m sure it’ll solidify more as the season gets rolling.
So, Yay or Nay?
You could clearly tell that this was the first game of the year, but there are definitely some good things to pull from this. The bad things can hopefully be polished a bit as we move forward into this season.
I’ll give it a Yay.
The Jets fly south to take on Dallas on Saturday. Puck drop is 6:00 PM CT on Sportsnet.